Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free zoloft 2012
FOXBOROUGH — He might be able to leap over a moving car — more on that later — but receiver Brandon Lloyd is hoping the second half of the Patriots’ season finds him jumping into the end zone more often.
Lloyd, free zoloft signed to a three-year, free zoloft $12 million deal in the offseason, free zoloft began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free zoloft eight the next week, free zoloft then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free zoloft 80-yard game at Seattle, free zoloft Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free zoloft He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free zoloft including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free zoloft 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free zoloft Both, free zoloft though, free zoloft went for touchdowns, free zoloft possibly a positive sign as the Patriots get set to come off their bye week with a home game on Sunday with the Bills.
Despite the week off, free zoloft can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free zoloft” he said.
True, free zoloft but both went for touchdowns. Free zoloft Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free zoloft two touchdowns, free zoloft” Lloyd said. Free zoloft “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free zoloft but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free zoloft Halfway into his first season, free zoloft it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free zoloft and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free zoloft in the spring, free zoloft that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free zoloft ‘All right, free zoloft we got it, free zoloft’ because we still have so much work to do, free zoloft” Lloyd said. Free zoloft “We’re working hard to improve on that, free zoloft week by week and day by day, free zoloft but it’s a group effort, free zoloft and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free zoloft We just keep working at it, free zoloft so we go out there in practice and we work on things and Coach [Bill Belichick] tells us things that we need to do better. Free zoloft We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free zoloft I think you just have to keep going out there to work at it and see if it can be better each day.”
With 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns, free zoloft Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free zoloft which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free zoloft448 yards. Free zoloft That number appears safe, free zoloft barring an exceptional second half, free zoloft but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free zoloft combining with receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to give Brady plenty of powerful options through the air.
That’s the great aspect of the Patriots’ offense. Free zoloft It could be a different standout every week, free zoloft either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free zoloft regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free zoloft I’ve never been declared a No. Free zoloft 1 target, free zoloft like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free zoloft where it’s clear, free zoloft” said Lloyd, free zoloft who is in his 10th season, free zoloft but is already on his sixth organization. Free zoloft “Coming to a team like this, free zoloft it’s natural for me, free zoloft to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free zoloft I’ll be available for him. Free zoloft They want me to be open, free zoloft and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free zoloft Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free zoloft What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free zoloft working mostly on the outside, free zoloft using his speed and jumping ability to make plays downfield.
That jumping ability was on display in a video that surfaced this week from over the summer, free zoloft when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free zoloft Impressive, free zoloft but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free zoloft when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free zoloft they mean more, free zoloft they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free zoloft coming into November and December, free zoloft” Lloyd said. Free zoloft “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free zoloft so you have stuff you can look forward to, free zoloft stuff that you can improve on.”
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